Over 25 years of Impact
Foster Pride was named “One of NYC’s Four Best Charities” by CBS.com and has been featured on NBC’s Today show, NY1, Weekend Today in New York, In Style, and The Observer, among others. On her national talk show, Katie Couric singled out Foster Pride as “An organization making a difference in the lives of foster children.” But perhaps our best accolades come from the children themselves. “I have my good life and my bad life,” David, 17, told his teacher. “I want my good life to win.”
Massama, 19, is a refuge from Mali who arrived in the United States alone four years ago. Massama participated in “Career Week,” an event which exposes youth to what it is like to work in different industries, as well as the educational and professional opportunities they should take advantage of to get there and he attended every single session-- visiting a fashion company, a construction site, a restaurant, and a bicycle repair shop. When we asked him what kind of job he would like, Massama’s answer was simple, “One that leads to a good future.”
Foster Pride was able to secure an internship for Massama at the NYC Department of Law where he’s honing his language and administrative skills and participating in group discussions about cases. His bosses admire Massama’s drive, ability and enthusiasm and Massama loves learning and working there. And whether he ends up with a career as an admin, a paralegal, a lawyer, or in some other entirely different profession, we feel confident, as does Massama, that he is on his way to becoming a proud, confident, tax-paying member of his community, one who has a job “That leads to a good future.”
Sammy tagged along with his older foster brother to a Foster Pride computer class for teens when he was just nine-years-old. He was so enthusiastic that despite his young age, the teacher, Rosanne, let him stay. But the once-a-week class wasn’t enough for Sammy—he started showing up at Rosanne’s office everyday. Soon afterwards, he was doing his homework with Rosanne and staying for dinner—and by the end of the year not only had his grades improved, he’d won his school’s science fair. Rosanne has remained Sammy’s trusted mentor throughout the years—cheering his college graduation, dancing at his wedding and becoming an adopted grandmom to Sammy and his wife Kristen’s two beautiful children. Today Sammy has a great managerial job, owns his own home and recently was the recipient of the Foster Pride Susan Fillin-Yeh scholarship, awarded to outstanding program graduates. Sammy used his scholarship money to buy a bike.
"I am writing to let you know that the prize money awarded to me went to a great place. I've been getting heavier as the years progressed and I found working out at the gym was never my thing. So I took the prize money and invested it in a bike. I have been riding 40 miles a week and have lost 11 pounds so far. I just wanted to thank you again for the prize and believe it or not you have saved my life again. Because if it wasn't for that money this wouldn't be possible. I still have a long way to go but I am making progress.